Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors/newly qualified solicitors/paralegals to gain international experience
Who are we?
The Brussels Office of the three Law Societies (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) acts as the voice of the Solicitors’ profession in Europe. Situated in the heart of the EU district we are well placed to represent the interests and views of the legal profession to key decision makers and legislators.
We are currently offering trainee solicitors, newly qualified solicitors and paralegals from the UK, a unique opportunity to undertake a three/four-month secondment in the Brussels Office commencing in January 2021.
There has never been a better time to work for the Brussels office; you will be at the centre of the biggest political change of this century, which has momentous constitutional and legal implications.
As a trainee, you will assist the Brussels team in actively monitoring EU legal developments that range from competition law to criminal justice, public procurement to private international law.
Specific tasks will include: preparing and writing the Brussels Agenda as well as drafting legislative updates highlighting developments in the corporate client and private client areas. You will also attend high-level conferences and meetings online, offering the opportunity to learn about institutional and business stakeholders, including UK Government departments. You will conduct legal research, assist with the production of guidance for Law Society members and make presentations to the Law Society’s EU Committee. You may prepare briefing notes or provide ad hoc assistance for events organised by the Office or any of the UK Law Societies.
In addition, you will learn a lot about the EU institutions and bring that knowledge back to your firm. We also encourage trainees seconded to our office to pursue subjects that are of interest to them and their firm, even if they are not a priority in our own agenda.
What to expect?
Our trainees’ program has run throughout the pandemic: our trainees have been working remotely from their own homes. This has not hindered their ability to work on EU matters. All team meetings, Committee proceedings, webinars happen now online. See this testimonial from one of our former trainees.
When travel becomes possible again, the office has already cleared with the Belgian authorities the legal details for the trainee scheme to continue.
Trainees can expect a warm welcome to the team. At the beginning of the secondment, trainees will be introduced to the team by meeting (virtually!) with each member of the team. This also provides an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the work of the office. A ‘typical’ day working remotely starts with a virtual team meeting whereby the team catch up and discuss their tasks for the day.
Trainees can expect to broaden their knowledge and general legal aptitude as they will be exposed to a diverse and unfamiliar range of legal areas. Some of the skills which trainees can expect to develop are communication, research, analytical and drafting skills.
It is a busy and exciting time for the office and as such there are many projects for trainees to involve themselves in despite the lack of physical presence in our office. Trainees work alongside policy advisors and are required to assist with a range of different and varied tasks.
The Brussels Office is keen to increase its visibility and impact on social media and so social media skills would be an asset. The candidate can expect to have conduct of the social media accounts, posting daily relevant content.
How to apply?
Anybody interested in applying will need to provide a letter from their firm/employer confirming that it will continue to pay their salary during the secondment.
Candidates are invited to send their application, which should be comprised of a CV and covering letter and confirmation from your firm/employer of consent to the secondment to Antonella Verde, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 10 December and interviews will take place the week of 14 December by phone or Microsoft Teams video.
If you require an information note or would like to discuss the secondment, please contact email@example.com.
You can also find further trainee and law firm testimonials on our website here.